DisneyLife, Disney’s streaming service in the UK and Ireland will cease operation following the launch of Disney+ according to a Media Nations UK 2019 Report from the UK’s communications regulator, Ofcom.
DisneyLife launched in the UK and Ireland in 2015, offering subscribers a large selection of classic Disney on demand video along with music and books through its apps on iOS and Apple TV devices for £4.99 per month.
Ofcom’s report states:
“Disney+ is set to launch in the US on 12 November 2019 and then globally shortly after (a UK launch date is yet to be announced at the time of writing). Disney plans to scale up its platform, a strategy supported by the lower price point for the service compared to Netflix’s popular standard tier, at £5.99 per month. DisneyLife will cease operation once Disney+ launches.”
Whilst there has been no official communication from Disney regarding the closure of DisneyLife, Disney CEO Bob Iger commented this week that Disney+ is set to launch in two international markets shortly after Disney+ debuts in the US on November 12th.
Disney have expressed that they expect Disney+ to be available on Apple TV hardware at launch but admit negotiations with Apple are still ongoing.